Saturday, July 19, 2014

Modern Japanese Cuisine At Chiyofuku

"A deep respect for Japanese tradition"
Chiyofuku of Sawara

The entrance to Chiyofuku that welcomes diners into this classy restaurant.

A simple sliding wooden door before we step into this restaurant.

The opportunity to broaden my palate a bit is one of my favourite aspects when I travel to far-away places. It is during these times I get to try something that I could probably never replicate in my own kitchen. It is those culinary experiences that had me steadily loving Japan more and more.

Our trip to Sawara, we were brought to a post restaurant in the middle of Sawara town to have our lunch. Chiyofuku is an elegant restaurant housed in an Edo-era building, which serves modern Japanese cuisine. This restaurant is run by a local revitalization group of volunteers, "Burekimera", that tries to reproduce Japanese history and culture through Japanese cuisine.

The highly original cuisine shows a deep respect for Japanese tradition while infusing novelty into the "washoku" or Japanese cuisine. Surrounded by many historical buildings that still remain along the street, putting a foot into this restaurant makes you feel as if you are brought into the Edo era. In this restaurant, which is reproduced to resemble an Edo-era mansion, diners will be able to enjoy their meal in an environment which brings newness and at the same time, nostalgic memories.

Diners will get to enjoy new Japanese cuisine on stylish and modern seats.

Great Japanese hospitality awaiting everyone who has the chance to dine here.

And the Chiba Kun Ambassadors were lucky to have a rare opportunity to try out the food in Chiyofuku (photo credit: Tooru Ishikawa).

Main, consisting of from top left in clockwise - sashimi, assorted vegetable tenpura, miso soup, rice topped with flavour anchovies, pickles, soy sauce (for sashimi), boiled vegetables (pumpkin, aubergines, carrots, bamboo shoots), sweet corn, eda-mame beans, smoked salmon, tamagoyaki (Japanese omelette).

Last but not least, mochi with red bean paste.

What I like about the red bean paste, or Azuki bean paste is the fact that the flavours are light and not overly sweet. Taking the slightly cold red bean paste with the soft and chewy mochi (Japanese rice cake) creates a nice contrast in textures. This sweet treat was certainly the perfect way to wrap up a wonderful meal.

This restaurant which can accommodate up to 70 people at one time, is especially popular among tourists. It is certainly a perfect place for family and friends, or evening date with your special ones, so make it a point to drop by this restaurant if you happened to be in Sawara.

Sawara Chiyofuku (佐原千よ福)
Address: 1720-1 Sawara-i, Katori City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan (千葉県香取市佐原イ1720-1)
Opening Hours: 11:30 - 15:00 (last order 14:00); 17:00 - 22:00 (last order 21:00)
Closed: Monday (following day if Monday is a national holiday)

Cruising Time: Approximately 50 minutes.
Reservation: Available
Website: (Japanese only)
Tel: 0478-52-1611
Parking: Available
Access: From JR Sawara Station on JR Narita Line (about 90  minutes from JR Tokyo Station), walk for 12 minutes; Car: 30 minutes from Higashi-Kanto Expressway Interchange

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